This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2008
The Chicago Cubs look to avoid their 100th straight year without a title; Manny Ramirez bullies his way out of Boston; and just where did the Tampa Bay Rays come from? These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout the 2008 baseball year. Do note that these archival pages are shown in the "old" TGG design format; as a result, some links may no longer be active.
December 31, 2007-January 6, 2008
Roger Clemens gets fingered; Some "clean" players consider a lawsuit against MLB.
January 7-13, 2008
Goose Gossage enters the Hall of Fame; the war between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee begins; The Jake gets a new name.
January 14-20, 2008
WADA speaks, MLB covers its ears; The latest congressional hearings, featuring George Mitchell.
January 21-27, 2008
Jose Canseco rats out Magglio Ordonez; St. Louis TV rats out Albert Pujols—accidentally; We said it before anyone else: Watch Tampa Bay.
January 28-February 3, 2008
For your own good, Roger Clemens, shut up; MLB attempts to dig up dirt on umpires' private lives; Minor leaguer Randy Newsom wants to sell stock...in himself.
February 4-10, 2008
Even Mrs. Clemens gets implicated; Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal go to a cockfight; Hillary Clinton as Morganna.
February 11-17, 2008
Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee go to Washington.
February 18-24, 2008
Alex Rodriguez almost confesses; A bad week for Scott Boras; Visions of a new waterfront ballpark in St. Petersburg; Will Barry Bonds be a Cardinal?
February 25-March 2, 2008
The Barry Bonds grand jury transcript is released; Scott Spiezio's wild night out; Alfonso Soriano's fear of the Wrigley bricks.
March 3-9, 2008
Cooperstown agrees to show Barry Bonds' asterisked 756th ball; bad spring starts for Noah Lowry and Ichiro Suzuki.
March 10-16, 2008
The Dodgers and Padres go to China; Bill Crystal pinch-hits for the Yankees; Bud Selig's salary.
March 17-23, 2008
The end of Dodgertown; the Yankees page homage to Virgina Tech.
March 24-30, 2008
Jose Canseco's sequel to Juiced hits the bookshelves; 115,000 celebrate the Dodgers' 50 years in Los Angeles; Who's ready and not for the 2008 season.
March 31-April 6, 2008
A grammatical error on Ernie Banks' sculpture; Moises Alou comes to Steve Bartman's defense—five years too late; Aubrey Huff disses Baltimore.
April 7-13, 2008
Baseball toughens its performance enhancement policy—again; Doug Davis has cancer; Bill Buckner gets a standing ovation at Fenway Park.
April 14-20, 2008
Forbes' list of the wealthiest MLB franchises; Just who is "Max," Jose Canseco?; Miguel Tejada ages two years in one day.
April 21-27, 2008
The Chicago Cubs win their 10,000th game; TGG visits Coors Field; John Smoltz reaches 3,000 strikeouts.
April 28-May 4, 2008
The passing of Buzzie Bavasi; Julio Franco finally retires; Barry Zito's lousy start.
May 5-11, 2008
Ozzie Guillen and the blow-up dolls; Greg Maddux' 350th win; Andruw Jones' really lousy start.
May 12-18, 2008
Asdrubal Cabrera pulls off an unassisted triple play; A hitting recession in the AL?; Tampa Bay's in first, but where are its fans?
May 19-25, 2008
Jon Lester's no-hitter; Doug Davis returns; Mike Piazza retires.
May 26-June 1, 2008
Manny Ramirez's 500th home run; The explosion in maple bat explosions; Jay Bruce's fantastic debut.
June 2-8, 2008
James Shields gets feisty with the Red Sox; The beginning of the end for Manny Ramirez in Boston; Randy Johnson moves into second place on the strikeout list.
June 9-15, 2008
Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th home run; Saving the Hall of Fame game; Dontrelle Willis' descent reaches Class A.
June 16-22, 2008
Hank Steinbrenner decries the lack of a DH in the NL; What happens when a switch-hitter faces a switch-pitcher?
June 23-July 6, 2008
The view from Maui; Shawn Chacon chokes his way out of Houston; The Dodgers beat the Angels on no hits; Manny Ramirez beats up his traveling secretary.
July 7-13, 2008
If we picked the All-Stars; The passing of Bobby Murcer.
July 14-20, 2008
A 15-inning All-Star Game epic; Hideo Nomo retires; The Baltimore Orioles' Sunday blues.
July 21-27, 2008
Brad Ziegler zeroes on on a rookie record; A near Class-A riot in Dayton, Ohio; Why we don't do blogs.
July 28-August 3, 2008
The end of Manny Ramirez's turbulent Boston reign; Ichiro Suzuki's 3000th professional hit.
August 4-10, 2008
Whatever happened to Mike Bacisk...and Barry Bonds?; Prince Fielder rattles Manny Parra; Tornado warning at Wrigley Field.
August 11-17, 2008
Four consecutive home runs by the White Sox; Four wild pitches in an inning for R.A. Dickey; Four doubles for Alex Rios.
August 18-24, 2008
Major leaguers with famous wives; Josh Hamilton's intentional walk—with the bases loaded; The Marlins' first complete game in nearly two years.
August 25-31, 2008
MLB initiates video replay; Yankee fan arrested for ignoring God Bless America; Tampa Bay clinches .500 for the first time ever.
September 1-7, 2008
Fenway Park breaks the Jake's sellout record; CC Sabathia's oh-so-close one-hitter; Stephen Drew and Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle on the same day; Scott McClain finally reaches the majors at age 36.
September 8-14, 2008
Hurricane Ike blows the Astros to Milwaukee—where Carlos Zambrano throws a no-hitter; Francisco Rodriguez surpasses Bobby Thigpen; Four Marlin infielders with 25-plus home runs.
September 15-21, 2008
The last days of Yankee Stadium I; The Astros ask Bud Selig: Why Milwaukee?
September 22-28, 2008
The Mets say goodbye to Shea Stadium; Mark Reynolds breaks the 200-strikeout barrier; Are Ichiro Suzuki's teammates accusing him of selfishness?
September 29-October 5, 2008
The Cubs make it 100 years without a championship; MLB braces for the Great Recession; Khalil Greene's $1.47 million punch at the furniture; Our picks for the best and worst of the 2008 season.
October 6-12, 2008
The Angels squeeze themselves to defeat in Boston; Hurricane Brandon Backe hits Galveston; Who does Joe Maddon look like?
October 13-19, 2008
The Rays win the pennant! The Rays win the pennant!; The MLBPA officially claims baseball colluded against Barry Bonds.
October 20-26, 2008
The Rays' odds are reduced; Which team made the most money per win; Moneyball—the Movie.
October 27-November 2, 2008
The season ends, but not without a bit of rain; Our free agent all-star team for 2009; Our picks for the postseason awards; Ken Griffey Jr. comes home to Seattle.
November 3-9, 2008
Slumdog pitching ace: Indian propsects vie for MLB attention; Bud Selig tells the owners to spend wisely; Curt Schilling vs. Bill Lee.
November 10-16, 2008
Goodbye, Preacher Roe and Herb Score; The A's rent Matt Holliday; The Padres dump Trevor Hoffman.
November 17-23, 2008
Does Mike Mussina belong in the Hall?; The MVP postmortem; Lou Wolff calls for a one-game playoff.
November 24-30, 2008
The race for Junichi Tazawa; $100 million pitching busts; Welcome to Citi/Taxpayer Field?
December 1-7, 2008
Greg Maddux retires; Cooperstown's nominee list for 2009.
December 8-14, 2008
CC, A.J. and J.J go to New York; Joe Gordon makes the Hall of Fame; The Pirates: Worst team, best doctors.
December 15-21, 2008
The Braves get burned again at free agency (this time by Rafael Furcal); The passing of Dave Smith and Dock Ellis.
December 22-28, 2008
Mark Teixeira signs with the Yankees; Brian Giles' off-field slugfest; The continued purging of Roger Clemens' soiled name.
December 29, 2008-January 4, 2009
Milestones to look for in 2009; The debut of the MLB Network; Dodgers to Andruw Jones: Get lost.
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